Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

2006 Recipients

2006 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Five past graduates of Thompson Rivers University were honoured October 13, 2006 for their outstanding professional and personal achievements, public service and service to the community at the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony.

A capacity crowd was on hand to acknowledge each award recipient and to share in their special evening. The guests were served a delicious four course dinner which was prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts program. Following the dinner the five honourees were presented with awards and citations by friends and colleagues from their university days.

The evening ended with a performance by Distinguished Alumni and internationally known baritone Alan Corbishley who both moved and delighted his audience.

Don Avison | TRU Graduate, 1977

TRU Distinguished Alumni: Public Service Award

Don Avison completed two years of university transfer studies at TRU in 1977. Avison is a creative and innovative leader whose record of excellence in public administration, program implementation and strategic planning is highly respected.

Sue Carpenter | TRU BSC Nursing, 2001

TRU Distinguished Alumni: Professional Achievement Award

Sue Carpenter is an exemplary nurse who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from TRU in 2001. Carpenter’s innovations and initiatives have been instrumental in bettering health care and nursing education in a significant way.

Alan Corbishley | TRU Bachelor of Arts, 1994

TRU Distinguished Alumni: Arts & Culture Award

Alan Corbishley is an accomplished baritone who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from TRU in 1994. Corbishley’s vocal ability, exciting stage presence and innovations in the performing arts have brought him international success.

Deanna Howell | TRU Social Service Work Diploma, 2006

TRU Distinguished Alumni: Community Service Award

Deanna Howell graduated from TRU with a Social Service Worker diploma in 2006. She has contributed greatly to her community, particularly in the areas of the development, education and well-being of children.

Shelly Johnson | TRU Bachelor of Social Work, 1998

TRU Distinguished Alumni: Grace Chronister Award

Shelly Johnson graduated from TRU with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1998. She has made a significant contribution to the profession of social work through her employment and her involvement in community service. She is presently the Executive Director of Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services in Victoria.

The evening was made possible by a number of sponsors including award sponsors Paul Wright - Evergreen Development Corporation (Don Avison), the School of Nursing (Sue Carpenter), Nick Rinaldi & Ryan Dunn - BMO Nesbitt Burns (Alan Corbishley), TRU Open Learning (Deanna Howell) and TRU School of Social Work (Shelly Johnson). Event sponsors included BMO - Bank of Montreal, B-100, 98.3 CIFM, CFJC TV7, Kamloops Daily News, Wayside Press and Mitchell Press.